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dc.contributor.advisor Anderson, Dr. Jacki L.
dc.creator Chakravarty, Chandrani
dc.date 2017-06-01
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-15T00:17:01Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-15T00:17:01Z
dc.date.issued 2017-06-14
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/193159 en
dc.description.abstract This study utilized mixed methods—both qualitative and quantitative—to investigate the attitudes of parents/guardians in the Bay Area toward the inclusion of their children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in public schools practicing evidence-based inclusive education. The study also investigated the Parents’/guardians’ experiences with inclusive schooling at their children’s school and what outcomes or results they had observed as a result of their child’s inclusive experience. Factors that may have contributed to these outcomes were examined as well. Data were collected through surveys distributed to parents of children with autism with the help of teachers who attended a professional community learning session held at Berkeley Unified School District. Surveys were also collected from a Berkeley based networking forum for parents of students with disabilities, and thus also included parents from other area districts. In depth interviews were conducted with each parent who participated in the survey, to try to obtain rich qualitative information as well. Themes that were prominent among the results from the small sample of 11 parents included: the parents’ belief that, with the coordinated assistance of the general education and special education teachers providing appropriate support and services in the general education classroom, their children will continue to learn from their peers, as their peers serve as role models for social skills and communication. The qualitative data also revealed parental concerns regarding the need for more academic modifications to meet the needs of the students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the general education classroom as well as their opinion that their children should not be exempted from homework, since no other students are exempted in their general education classrooms. en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject Children with autism spectrum disorders -- Education en_US
dc.title Attitudes about Inclusive Schooling Among Parents of Children with Autism en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.primaryAdvisor Halvorsen, Dr. Ann T.
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Special Education en_US

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